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CAI Zu-cong,Ph.D


School of Geography Sciences, Nanjing Normal University

No.1 Wenyuan Road, Nanjing 210023

Tel: 025-85891203




1988 Doctor of soil chemistry, Institute of Soil Science, CAS

1985 Master of soil ecology, Institute of Soil Science, CAS

1982 Bachelor of soil science and agrochemistry, Zhejiang Agricultural University

Professional positions 

2011-Present Professor of School of Geography Sciences, Nanjing Normal


2006-2011 Chief of Soil and Global Change Center, Institute of Soil

Science, CAS

2000-2005 Executive director of State Key Laboratory of Soil and

Sustainable Agriculture, Institute of Soil Science, CAS

1993-2011   Professor, Institute of Soil Science, CAS

1998.6-12      Visiting scholar, USDA/ARS, Ft Collins, CO, USA

1996.9-1997.3 Visiting scholar, Department of Agricultural and

Environmental Sciences, Queens University Belfast, UK

1992-1993 Associate Professor, Institute of Soil Science, CAS

1989-1992 PostDoc, Department of Environmental Science, Rotgers

University, NJ, USA

Service to the Profession 

2017-present Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Agro-Environmental Sciences

2013-present Editor of Journal of Environmental Sciences

2010-present Editor of Plant and Soil

2010-present Editor of Journal of Soils and Sediments

2008-present Editor of Soil Science and Plant Nutriition

2005-2007 Editor of Biogeosciences

2004-2011 Director of East Asian Nitrogen Center, INI

2004-2007 Lead-author of IPCC WGIII AR4

2003-2011 Editor-in-Chief of Acta Pedologica Sinica

2001-present Vice Editor-in-Chief of Soil

2000-2010 Member of IGBP-China Committee

1999-2020 Member of council of Soil Science Society of China


Recent Research Grants

Major research projects of National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No.42093194013): Regulation principle and technology of soil biological co-contamination. 2021.1-2025.12. Budget: 3.5 Million RMB

Project of National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 41977032): Nitrate fates during the reductive soil treatment and legacy effects. 2020.1-2023.12. Budget: 0.62 Million RMB

The National Key Basic Research Program (2014CB953800): Sources of reactive nitrogen and its impacts on air quality and climate change in China. 2014.1-2018.12.Budget15.0 Mellon RMB

The State Key Program of National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 41330744): The roles of characteristics of nitrogen transformation in allocation of soil nitrogen. 2014.1-2018.12. Budget3.10 Million RMB.

The Chinese academy of sciences strategic leading science and technology projects (XDA05020000): Methane and nitrous oxide emissions from land use change and livestock. 2011.1-2015.12. Budget: 45.0 Millon RMB


Recent Publication

Wang YH; Cai ZC; Lang XL; Yan XY; Xu KQ; Nitrogen cascade in the agriculture-food-environment system of the Yangtze Delta, 1998-2018. Science of the Total Environment, 2021, DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2021.147442

Chen ZX; Tu XS; Meng H; Chen C; Chen YJ; Elrys AS; Cheng Y; Zhang JB; Cai ZC; Microbial process-oriented understanding of stimulation of soil N2O emission following the input of organic materials. Environmental Pollution, 2021, DOI: 10.1016/j.envpol.2021.117176

Wang BY; Xia Q; Li YL; Zhao J; Yang SZ; Wei FG; Huang XQ; Zhang JB; Cai ZC; Root rot-infected Sanqi ginseng rhizosphere harbors dynamically pathogenic microbiotas driven by the shift of phenolic acids. Plant and Soil, 2021, DOI: 10.1007/s11104-021-05034-4

Zhang PY; Wen T; Hu YM; Zhang JB; Cai ZC; Can N fertilizer addition affect N2O isotopocule signatures for soil N2O source partitioning? International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 2021, DOI: 10.3390/ijerph18095024

He XX; Chi QD; Zhao C; Cheng Y; Huang XQ; Zhao J Cai ZC; Zhang JB; Muller C; Plants with an ammonium preference affect soil N transformations to optimize their N acquisition. Soil Biology and Biochemistry, 2021, DOI: 10.1016/j.soilbio.2021.108158 

Liu LL; Huang XQ; Zhang JB; Cai ZC; Jiang K; Chang YY; Deciphering the relative importance of soil and plant traits on the development of rhizosphere microbial communities. Soil Biology and Biochemistry, 2020. DOI: 10.1016/j.soilbio.2020.107909